On Thursday we saw the outcome of our Head Girl campaign with an energised Election Day. In total we had an impressive 888 votes cast, approximately 70% of the school community. It was a close race between our five outstanding candidates but I am pleased to announce that Hannah Dale 10S will be Sarah Bonnell’s next Head Girl. I am extremely proud of all five candidates for the effort and integrity each of them put into their campaign. Hannah Dale, Manisha Teji, Aysha Jolly, Iman Vohura or Khadeja Shebani have supported each other throughout the process and when the result was announced this morning they applauded Hannah and hugged each other for their efforts.
On Thursday we also welcomed Ms Griffin and Ms Robinson Headteachers from our partner schools -Lister Community School and Rokeby School. The Newham Community Schools Trust Headteachers were visiting Sarah Bonnell to see learning and teaching in action and to help us review what we are doing well. The visitors described our school as one where ‘excellent teaching supports students to achieve’ and were impressed by the positive atmosphere of respect in the school.
On Tuesday Ms Adel and the student Digital Leaders ran a really successful Safer Internet Day which gave us all the opportunity to think about our digital footprint and focus on the importance of using social media in a safe and responsible way.
On Wednesday the Year 10 Health and Social Care class had a great opportunity to think about the importance of gender equality when they attended the launch of The Female Lead book at the Science Museum IMAX Theatre in London. The breakfast event included the premiere of The Female Lead film featuring some of the world’s most amazing women including Meryl Streep, Lena Dunham, Christine Lagarde and Nobel Prize Winner, Leymah Gbowee talking about the motivation, inspiration and experiences that have shaped their path to success. The event also included a discussion panel with some of the UK’s most accomplished women including broadcaster Christiane Amanpour CBE. She was joined on stage by scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE, costume designer Sandy Powell OBE and Dr Vanessa Ogden. I hope this inspired the girls to think about their future role as influential women in society.
On Friday a group of Scholarship Students visited Wadham College at the prestigious University of Oxford to find out more about life as an under-graduate student. Next half-term another group of students will be visiting Cambridge University as part of the Brilliant Club. It is never too early to ‘Aim High’ and I am glad these girls are beginning to think about what they might want to study in the future.
School is closed next week. The new half-term begins on Monday 20 February at the usual time.
Rae Potter – Headteacher